The Mint Gastropub


16 Ratings
The Mint GastropubThe Mint Gastropub

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1223 W Broad St
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 18018-4927
United States

(610) 419-3810 | map

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Added by DaveHack on 07-16-2011

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by slander:
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Am glad for happenings in Bethlehem to fill the Lehigh void. Something not new anymore just getting around to. Located on the main drag in an old bank right next door to the amazing beer store that stays open ‘til midnight; what they (me, and the voices in my head) call a very good 1-2...

Big windows out over East Broad St, as a bank should. And to the side. And to the rear. Bar is in the back right corner. “L” shaped zebrawood under laminate with a stainless steel trim, and seating for a dozen on orangey red leather chairs. The barback holds a badass espresso machine and a good deal of tiered booze off the corner of both walls below lime green bathroom tilings. A glass shelf above all around holds an assortment of glassware and 5 flatscreens mounted show mostly (dirty) Philly game action. Double and triple wide glass front coolers below hold the many bottled selections. A pair of stainless steel towers of 3 each on the bar and 6 more taps on the barback, all with nondescript handles of shiny.

The walls and trim up front and to the side are slat like fit stone, and then more bathroom tilings and purple painted walls. A single large painting of colorful crazy and reaching plantage plantered along the front and side sills in the windows. The ceiling is done in purple and green alternating with sunken hue lighting. Splotch slab concrete floors along the bar, and pebbled tilings below in the dining area. Glowing hulk green lighting above the bar, atomic explosion chandeliers over the floor, garlic clove cluster lighting in the corner vaultside, track spots throughout, and tea candles in multi colored piece glasses along the bar.

20 tables across the floor; 2 & 4 seat square or recs, save the one round keg based table in the center, the only 1 without purple leather chairs. Just off the bar, a single large 10 seat phat wood table, and past there, some couchings along the wall, with colored cylinder pillows and block ottomans, offering up some lounginess. In the rear far corner, the bank vault sits open; storage and who knows what, but ghostly colored lighting changing, hurting my brain. More seating in a pen out front, for warm weather fun, and a back porch area for where outdoors is.

12 taps, dealt in a variety of serving sizes. A few PA players (Yards IPA, Victory Donnybrook Stout & Prima Pils, Troegs Dreamweaver Wheat, Blue Point Hoptical Illusion), and regionals afar (Bells Oberon, Boulder Hazed & Infused, Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Abbey of Christ in the Desert Monk’s Wit, Terrapin Side Project #14 – Tomfoolery Black Saison, Atwater Vanilla Java Stout). Drank a Bells Oberon and Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA. The time before, it was the Dark Horse Tres (of love). I drank 2 of those and an Oberon. And rolled in last week and drank the Mikkeller I Beat yoU and the Stillwater Existent. Beer is clean. Beer is fresh.

+170+ bottles, the list, she is broken out by style. 3 dozen beers of the world (of which ½ are Belgian), and the remainder are American craft beer. It’s a good list; my only rub was them calling it “Orval Dubbel”, ‘cause that it is not. But they’ve got excellent craft beer offerings. I mean, listen, they’ve got 5 brown ales (Brooklyn Brown, Avery Ellie’s Brown, DogFishHead Indian Brown, Sierra Nevada Tumbler & Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar). If they added the Smuttynose Old Brown Dog, their list of browns would be champion.

Food, lots of. ‘Beginnings’, ‘hands on’, ‘fork’, ‘spoon’ & ‘knife’, and ‘sweets’, the menu in rotation every other month or so. I app’d with the chicken croquettes tonight. Good gravy and the apple butter did not suck. And then moved onto the Pork Belly BLT (excellent), served with tater tots, which in my opinion, were the perfect side. Apparently, some people have issues with the tots, deeming them as ‘inappropriate’. They can, at this time, go fuck themselves. Over a few visits here, I have also eaten the meatball app, pork belly BLT, lobster roll, chicken club, ricotta gnocchi with a short rib ‘ragu’, black diamond steak, the burger, and a few other things. Heard the pork loin was money, so I suspect I’ll get to it at some point. Have caught a good meal here every time. And Dom told me of the secret food ordering lingo, which I’m not at liberty to discuss with you.

Craigy Craig Craig Craig ‘tending now, cordial, polite, attentive; lets me try a bit of this, a bit of that. Excellent tunes, diggin’ on my Radiohead & Wilco. Chill scene, creative and amazingly tasty food, good boozings and great beerings. Seriously.

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vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

THis was my first time at this establishment, and I was kind of worried as it wasn't a type of place that I would frequent. What I found was that this establishment was well worth me trying. The food was excellent, the selctions of craft brews were out of this world and the pricing was very reasonable for what we had ordered.

My wife and I truely enjoyed our experience and are looking forward to trying it again.

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4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Located right next to a great six-pack shop, this converted bank completely modernized with a higher end menu without being overly pretentious. A great beer and wine list complements a great menu, whether you are going for drinks and a light affair or dinner.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

If you've never visited Abe's and are planning too, this place is right next door. You'll probably need sustenance after the intensity of all the choices at Abe's.

As noted by others, this is an old bank. Interior is clean and very modern with I mild retro accent. Frankly, the entrance to the bathroom is too modern!

Tons of beers available on bottles to try and there are several taps to choose from. Bottles are easily in the 100's. Taps are around a dozen. Cask is also available.

Service was good. The server on the floor was super on the spot and was helping out even though I was at the bar. The bartender was a little distant.

Food was good. Though my sirloin was a bit tough. But that's okay. The overall preparation was good.

If I...wait...when I go back to Abe's (I wouldn't miss the chance), I'd hit this place up.

My only suggestion for improvement would be to dim the light by about half for the dining room area.

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Photo of Budinetz
4.9/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This Gastropub was previously a bank, thus the clever name. It actually has the vault door still in view and open toward the back. The silverware roll-ups are tied with $100 bill money wrappers, and their fare has some intersting names related to money or banking. The bottled beer selection is exceptional and they usually have a nice rotation of drafts. The bar manager is an avid beer afficionado and he is able to acquire some pretty rare brews from time to time. The executive chef/owner has an extensive culinary background and is actually the son of a local restauranteur. (The owner of Stefano's in Bethlehem). The executive chef really does a nice job combining his knowledge of fine cuisine and creating comfort foods that will appeal to any palette. It's a comfortable place also, a place where you won't feel awkward wearing a t-shirt and jeans, or dressed to the nines. The staff is very knowledgeable of the fare as well as the available beer selection. This place is a must try in my opinion!

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Very cool - bank vault used for cellaring, dollar bill straps for napkin rings. Old night depositories and safes laying around.

The beer - GREAT choices. Had Victory Donnybrook on Nitro but there were many other drafts and bottles I would have enjoyed. All drafts were 20oz and started at $4.50 for decent craft. Not a whole lot of BMC in here. Clever marketing to put up a Gastropub right next to Abe's.

The food - Kind of slow, but AMAZING. I had fish and chips, my friend a black diamond steak with wild berry compote. Everything was cooked to a tee - (shes picky) - and the quality of the food was magnificent.

Service was kind of chatty, slow, and inattentive. They gave us one glass bottle of water for four people... we couldnt fill our glasses.

We will return... I'm hoping the service just needs some more time to shine up.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

The MINT was brought to my attention by a good friend of mine. He told me that it's right next to Abe's Cold Beer. Knowing that I was shocked that I never even noticed it before. One night I was in Bethlehem and made the Choice to go and check it out.

I walked in on a weekend night prior to their grand opening and was greeted by three former employees of the Tap & Table who were now working there. It made me feel right at home. As soon as I got the chance I looked the place over, it's a very nice clean gastro pub. The building itself was an old bank that closed, now they use the old vault as a storage for wine bottles. Green lighting along with white lights all around, kind of dark but bright at the same time.

There is a decent sized bar to sit at along with a good amount of tables inside and outside. The place gets pretty busy though so weekends you may need a reservation. My first time there I was hoping just to get one seat at the bar and managed to get the one in the far corner. I looked over their bottled list and ordered a Southern Tier Unearthly. The bar is very nice looking, plenty of booze and beer to choose from. They even made me a very nice absinthe cocktail that really hit the spot.

The prices are a little steep but I guess people don't mind. I've seen the parking lots packed there on some nights. Overall it seems to be doing really well so far and they also seem to have a good crew also. It's definitely worth checking out.

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The Mint Gastropub in Bethlehem, PA
4.43 out of 5 based on 16 ratings.
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